Evanston police are asking the public for help in the investigation and say there is no longer a danger to the public.
Servando Hamros, 29, has two daughters and lived only half a mile from the park where he was shot.
“My son’s daughters lost their father,” said Dawn Hamros, the victim’s mother. “I lost my son… it just doesn’t make sense.”
Evanston police said they responded to reports of the shooting around 9:05 p.m. in the 2100 block of McCormick Boulevard.
Officers who arrived at the scene found a man shot dead in a park along a canal.
Servando Hamros’s family revealed that he was participating in a Pokémon competition with his 7-year-old daughter at Eggleston Park along the North Shore Canal when he had an argument with at least one person.
Servando’s family said he saw two people behaving inappropriately in the park. His family said that Servando expressed his feelings to them and left.
After some time, the police reported that an unknown gunman had shot the father of two children.
According to his family, at least 14 shots were fired, eight of which hit Servando.
“His daughter witnessed her father’s murder,” Don said.
Police said his daughter was in the area at the time of the shooting but was not hurt or injured. She called for help.
“She contacted on Facetime and said, ‘Daddy got shot.’ She was alone there, and her father was dying on the ground,” Don said.
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“I couldn’t believe it. They were just playing in the park. They were catching Pokémon. That’s what they usually do. My daughter could have been hurt too. She saw everything,” Servando’s wife, Lenelli Maya, said.
Lenelli said she was very proud of how her 7-year-old daughter handled this nightmarish situation.
“She immediately called me and, unfortunately, we did not have time, but she hid and asked for help, she called for help. Someone helped her, and whoever it was, I want to say thank you. Lenelli said.
Don said she was training nearby when she heard the shots.
“Little did I know, I was there listening to my son being killed,” she said.
Servando worked in the restaurant industry and was excited to start a new job at Culver’s next week. Now the family is demanding justice.
“He was a funny guy,” Don said. “He was just great. He loved his daughters. His whole world was his daughters… it doesn’t make any sense. These people need to be caught. These people need to be held accountable. They need to be caught, please.”
His wife said they met in 8th grade at Haight Elementary School, started dating in 2008 when they were freshmen at Senna High School, and were “high school sweethearts.”
“He was funny, always laughing, making jokes. He was just an easy going guy. A great father,” added Lenelli. “They took everything from us.”
The police have not arrested anyone yet. Servando would have turned 30 next month.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5040 or text 27463.
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